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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644620/nanofibrous-smart-fabrics-from-twisted-yarns-of-electrospun-piezo-polymer
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Enlong Yang, Zhe Xu, Lucas Chur, Ali Behroozfar, Mahmoud Baniasadi, Salvador Moreno, Jiacheng Huang, Jules Gilligan, Majid Minary-Jolandan
Smart textiles are envisioned to make a paradigm shift in wearable technologies to directly impart functionality into the fibers rather than integrating sensors and electronics onto conformal substrates or skin in wearable devices. Among smart materials, piezoelectric fabrics have not been widely reported, yet. Piezoelectric smart fabrics can be used for mechanical energy harvesting, for thermal energy harvesting through the pyroelectric effect, for ferroelectric applications, as pressure and force sensors, for motion detection, and for ultrasonic sensing...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643869/mechanotransduction-properties-of-the-cytoplasmic-tail-of-pecam-1
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Jessica L Snyder, Elena McBeath, Tamlyn N Thomas, Yi Jen Chiu, Robert L Clark, Keigi Fujiwara
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are a well-known cell system used in the study of mechanobiology. Using cultured ECs, we found that platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1, CD31), a cell adhesion protein localized to regions of EC-EC contact, was rapidly tyrosine phosphorylated in ECs exposed to shear or cyclic stretch. Src-homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 2 (SHP2) binds phosphorylated PECAM-1 and activates the extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling cascade, a known flow-activated signaling pathway...
June 23, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642619/understanding-the-unusual-response-to-high-pressure-in-kbe2bo3f2
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D H Yu, M Avdeev, D H Sun, L Q Huston, Thomas B Shiell, Q B Sun, T Lu, Q Gu, H Liu, J E Bradby, N Yie, Y Liu, J Y Wang, G J McIntyre
Strong anisotropic compression with pressure on the remarkable non-linear optical material KBe2BO3F2 has been observed with the linear compression coefficient along the c axis found to be about 40 times larger than that along the a axis. An unusual non-monotonic pressure response was observed for the a lattice parameter. The derived bulk modulus of 31 ± 1 GPa indicates that KBe2BO3F2 is a very soft oxide material yet with stable structure up to 45 GPa. A combination of high-pressure synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, high-pressure Raman spectroscopy, and Density Functional Theory calculations points to the mechanism for the unusual pressure response being due to the competition between the K-F bond length and K-F-K bond angle and the coupling between the stretching and twisting vibration modes...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642089/involvement-of-mapk-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-and-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathways-in-protection-of-remote-glial-cells-from-axotomy-induced-necrosis-and-apoptosis-in-the-isolated-crayfish-stretch-receptor
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E V Berezhnaya, M Y Bibov, M A Komandirov, M A Neginskaya, M V Rudkovskii, A B Uzdensky
Severe mechanical nerve injury such as axotomy can lead to neuron degeneration and death of surrounding glial cells. We showed that axotomy not only mechanically injures glial cells at the cutting location, but also induces necrosis or apoptosis of satellite glial cells remote from the transection site. Therefore, axon integrity is necessary for survival of surrounding glial cells. We used the crayfish stretch receptor that consists of a single mechanoreceptor neuron enveloped by satellite glial cells as a simple, but informative model object in the study of the role of various signaling proteins in axotomy-induced death of remote glial cells...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641416/water-anion-hydrogen-bonding-dynamics-ultrafast-ir-experiments-and-simulations
#5
Steven A Yamada, Ward H Thompson, Michael D Fayer
Many of water's remarkable properties arise from its tendency to form an intricate and robust hydrogen bond network. Understanding the dynamics that govern this network is fundamental to elucidating the behavior of pure water and water in biological and physical systems. In ultrafast nonlinear infrared experiments, the accessible time scales are limited by water's rapid vibrational relaxation (1.8 ps for dilute HOD in H2O), precluding interrogation of slow hydrogen bond evolution in non-bulk systems. Here, hydrogen bonding dynamics in bulk D2O were studied from the perspective of the much longer lived (36...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
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Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640774/the-difference-between-countermovement-and-squat-jump-performances-a-review-of-underlying-mechanisms-with-practical-applications
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Bas Van Hooren, Julia Zolotarjova
Van Hooren, B and Zolotarjova, J. The difference between countermovement and squat jump performances: a review of underlying mechanisms with practical applications. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2011-2020, 2017-Two movements that are widely used to monitor athletic performance are the countermovement jump (CMJ) and squat jump (SJ). Countermovement jump performance is almost always better than SJ performance, and the difference in performance is thought to reflect an effective utilization of the stretch-shortening cycle...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639574/mir-551b-5p-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-vein-graft-failure-via-upregulating-early-growth-response-1-expression
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Ran Dong, Kui Zhang, Yue-Li Wang, Feng Zhang, Jian Cao, Ju-Bing Zheng, Hong-Jia Zhang
BACKGROUND: Vein graft failure (VGF) is a serious complication of coronary artery bypass graft, although the mechanism remains unclear. The study aimed to investigate the effects of microRNAs (miRNAs) on the endothelial dysfunction involved in VGF. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were subjected to mechanical stretch stimulation to induce endothelial dysfunction. Genome-wide transcriptome profiling was performed using the Human miRNA OneArray® V4 (PhalanxBio Inc...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639369/a-network-analysis-to-compare-biomarker-profiles-in-patients-with-and-without-diabetes-mellitus-in-acute-heart-failure
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Abhinav Sharma, Biniyam G Demissei, Jasper Tromp, Hans L Hillege, John G Cleland, Christopher M O'Connor, Marco Metra, Piotr Ponikowski, John R Teerlink, Beth A Davison, Michael M Givertz, Daniel M Bloomfield, Howard Dittrich, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Gad Cotter, Justin A Ezekowitz, Mohsin A F Khan, Adriaan A Voors
AIMS: It is unclear whether distinct pathophysiological processes are present among patients with acute heart failure (AHF), with and without diabetes. Network analysis of biomarkers may identify correlative associations that reflect different pathophysiological pathways. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed a panel of 48 circulating biomarkers measured within 24 h of admission for AHF in a subset of patients enrolled in the PROTECT trial. In patients with and without diabetes, we performed a network analysis to identify correlations between measured biomarkers...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639154/inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-of-the-gallbladder-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#10
Takahiro Yamada, Takeshi Hisa, Satoshi Shiozawa, Akiharu Kudo, Ryutaro Furukawa
A 50-year-old man had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy for malignant lymphoma 1 year earlier. Follow-up computed tomography revealed a gallbladder polyp. Transabdominal ultrasound demonstrated a 20-mm hypoechoic sessile polyp with basal waist in the gallbladder fundus; the surface was covered with a hyperechoic layer of non-uniform thickness. On contrast-enhanced computed tomography, the polyp showed an early uniform and sustained staining pattern. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the polyp had low and slightly high signal intensities on T1- and T2-weighted imaging, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639137/the-frank-starling-law-a-jigsaw-of-titin-proportions
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REVIEW
Vasco Sequeira, Jolanda van der Velden
The Frank-Starling Law dictates that the heart is able to match ejection to the dynamic changes occurring during cardiac filling, hence efficiently regulating isovolumetric contraction and shortening. In the last four decades, efforts have been made to identify a common fundamental basis for the Frank-Starling heart that can explain the direct relationship between muscle lengthening and its increased sensitization to Ca(2+). The term 'myofilament length-dependent activation' describes the length-dependent properties of the myofilaments, but what is(are) the underlying molecular mechanism(s) is a matter of ongoing debate...
June 21, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639132/identifying-the-neural-substrates-of-intrinsic-motivation-during-task-performance
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Woogul Lee, Johnmarshall Reeve
Intrinsic motivation is the inherent tendency to seek out novelty and challenge, to explore and investigate, and to stretch and extend one's capacities. When people imagine performing intrinsically motivating tasks, they show heightened anterior insular cortex (AIC) activity. To fully explain the neural system of intrinsic motivation, however, requires assessing neural activity while people actually perform intrinsically motivating tasks (i.e., while answering curiosity-inducing questions or solving competence-enabling anagrams)...
June 21, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638331/monosynaptic-stretch-reflex-fails-to-explain-the-initial-postural-response-to-sudden-lateral-perturbations
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Andreas Mühlbeier, Christian Puta, Kim J Boström, Heiko Wagner
Postural reflexes are essential for locomotion and postural stability, and may play an important role in the etiology of chronic back pain. It has recently been theoretically predicted, and with the help of unilateral perturbations of the trunk experimentally confirmed that the sensorimotor control must lower the reflex amplitude for increasing reflex delays to maintain spinal stability. The underlying neuromuscular mechanism for the compensation of postural perturbations, however, is not yet fully understood...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637880/a-study-comparing-vein-integrity-and-clinical-outcomes-vico-in-open-vein-harvesting-and-two-types-of-endoscopic-vein-harvesting-for-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-the-vico-randomised-clinical-trial
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Bhuvaneswari Krishnamoorthy, William R Critchley, Alexander J Thompson, Katherine Payne, Julie Morris, Rajamiyer V Venkateswaran, Ann L Caress, James E Fildes, Nizar Yonan
Background -Current consensus statements maintain that endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) should be standard care in coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) but vein quality and clinical outcomes have been questioned. The Vein Integrity and Clinical Outcome (VICO) trial was designed to assess the impact of different vein harvesting methods on vessel damage and if this contributes to clinical outcomes following CABG. Methods -A single centre, randomised clinical trial of patients undergoing CABG with an internal mammary artery, and with one to four vein grafts were recruited...
June 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637823/titin-force-enhancement-following-active-stretch-of-skinned-skeletal-muscle-fibres
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Krysta Powers, Venus Joumaa, Azim Jinha, Eng Kuan Moo, Ian Curtis Smith, Kiisa Nishikawa, Walter Herzog
In actively stretched skeletal muscle sarcomeres, titin-based force is enhanced, increasing the stiffness of active sarcomeres. Titin force enhancement in sarcomeres is vastly reduced in mdm, a genetic mutation with a deletion in titin. Whether loss of titin force enhancement is associated with compensatory mechanisms at higher structural levels of organization, such as single fibres or entire muscles, is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether mechanical deficiencies in titin force enhancement are also observed at the fibre level, and whether mechanisms compensate for the loss of titin force enhancement...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637787/biophysics-and-biofluiddynamics-of-primary-cilia-evidence-for-and-against-the-flow-sensing-function
#16
Subhra Nag, Andrew Resnick
Primary cilia have been called "the forgotten organelle" for over 20 years. As cilia now have their own Journal and several books devoted to their study, perhaps it's time to reconsider the moniker "forgotten organelle". In fact, during the drafting of this review, 12 relevant publications have been issued- we therefore apologize in advance for any relevant work we inadvertently omitted. What purpose is yet another ciliary review? The primary goal of this review is to specifically examine the evidence for and against the hypothesized flow-sensing function of primary cilia expressed by differentiated epithelia within a kidney tubule, bringing together differing disciplines and their respective conceptual and experimental approaches...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636680/unifying-the-microscopic-picture-of-his-containing-turns-from-gas-phase-model-peptides-to-crystallized-proteins
#17
Woon Yong Sohn, Sana Habka, Eric Gloaguen, Michel Mons
The presence in crystallized proteins of a local anchoring between the side chain of a His residue, located in the central position of a γ- or β-turn, and its local main chain environment, was assessed by the comparison of protein structures with relevant isolated model peptides. Gas phase laser spectroscopy, combined with relevant quantum chemistry methods, was used to characterize the γ- and β-turn structures in these model peptides. A conformer-selective NH stretch infrared study provided evidence for the formation in vacuo of two types of short-range H-bonded motifs, labelled ε-6(δ) and δ-(δ)7/π(H), bridging the His side chain (in its gauche+ rotamer) to the neighbouring NH(i) and CO(i) sites of the backbone; each side chain-backbone motif was found to be specific of the tautomer (ε or δ) adopted by the His side chain in its neutral form...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636595/nlrp9b-inflammasome-restricts-rotavirus-infection-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells
#18
Shu Zhu, Siyuan Ding, Penghua Wang, Zheng Wei, Wen Pan, Noah W Palm, Yi Yang, Hua Yu, Hua-Bing Li, Geng Wang, Xuqiu Lei, Marcel R de Zoete, Jun Zhao, Yunjiang Zheng, Haiwei Chen, Yujiao Zhao, Kellie A Jurado, Ningguo Feng, Liang Shan, Yuval Kluger, Jun Lu, Clara Abraham, Erol Fikrig, Harry B Greenberg, Richard A Flavell
Rotavirus, a leading cause of severe gastroenteritis and diarrhoea in young children, accounts for around 215,000 deaths annually worldwide. Rotavirus specifically infects the intestinal epithelial cells in the host small intestine and has evolved strategies to antagonize interferon and NF-κB signalling, raising the question as to whether other host factors participate in antiviral responses in intestinal mucosa. The mechanism by which enteric viruses are sensed and restricted in vivo, especially by NOD-like receptor (NLR) inflammasomes, is largely unknown...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636316/a-novel-melamine-o-phthalaldehyde-covalent-organic-frameworks-nanaosheets-enhancement-flame-retardant-and-mechanical-performances-of-thermoplastic-polyurethanes
#19
Xiaowei Mu, Jing Zhan, Xiaming Feng, Bihe Yuan, Shuilai Qiu, Lei Song, Yuan Hu
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) nanosheets prepared from condensation reaction between melamine and o-phthalaldehyde are firstly prepared through ball milling and then incorporated into thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) by solution mixing. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer are applied to characterize COFs nanosheets. It is observed apparently from TEM image that COFs nanosheets are obtained...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636246/stretchable-electrochemical-sensor-for-inducing-and-monitoring-cell-mechanotransduction-in-real-time
#20
Yan-Ling Liu, Yu Qin, Zi-He Jin, Xue-Bo Hu, Miao-Miao Chen, Rong Liu, Christian Amatore, Wei-Hua Huang
Existing methods offer little direct and real-time information about stretch-triggered biochemical responses during cell mechanotransduction. Herein, we report a novel stretchable electrochemical sensor that takes advantage of a hierarchical percolation network of carbon nanotubes and gold nanotubes (CNTs- Au NTs). This hybrid nano-structure provides the sensor with excellent time-reproducible mechanical and electrochemical performances while granting very good cellular compatibility, making it perfectly apt to induce and monitor simultaneously transient biochemical signals...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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